How Long Does It Take For Thyroid Medication To Work
So, you’ve been feeling pretty run down and anxious or hyperactive and confused for several months. Test results have come back that reveal you have a thyroid condition. On the one hand, it’s a relief to know that something is wrong. On the other, you just want to feel better-more lime your old self again.
The biggest question on your mind: how long will it take for me to start feeling better? Thyroid medication takes time to work, but how quickly the effects of the medication are felt, varies by patient.
Thyroid Medication; An Approximate Timetable
Your diagnosis will determine the type of thyroid medication you receive. It will:
- Stimulate or supplement
- Reduce or suppress
The hormone levels in your thyroid gland.
It’s not uncommon for doctors to start you on low-dose medications and work their way up the dosage scale. The ultimate goal is to stabilize hormone levels in the gland and body, so that healthy function is restored. Normally, patients begin to feel the positive affects of their thyroid medication in about two weeks.
Even though your energy is returning to normal, it can actually take up to a year to get you on the right dosage that supports proper hormone levels. During your first year of treatment, your medication levels are adjusted about once every three months.
Signs the Medicine is Working
Patients often ask what to look for that indicates their drug therapy is working. Two of the biggest signs that the medication is well-balanced, include:
1. Ability to maintain energy level
2. Ease of weight management
Patients with thyroid conditions suffer through insomnia and extreme fatigue as well as difficulty maintaining a healthy weight.
Their metabolic function is controlled by the thyroid, which can set off a domino effect within the body when producing hormones abnormally. Once things are in the right balance, functionality will continue to improve.
It’s normal for your thyroid levels to fluctuate, even during treatment. That’s way your thyroid medication will continued to be monitored at least twice annually. Adjustments can be made to the drug therapy as needed, as long as your healthy thyroid function is supported.
Some patients noted additional improvement in their symptoms by adding more alkalizes in their diet. Discuss any dietary changes or vitamin supplementation with your doctor before adding it to your daily routine. Certain substances like:
These mineral-based products can effect the absorption rate of your thyroid medication. This, in turn, can effect how long it takes to feel better on your drug regiment.
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